COVID-19: provincial hospitalizations increase again; 10,732 new cases reported

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Hospitalizations for COVID-19 hit another high on Saturday, with another 3,957 patients reported in Ontario.

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While some key COVID-19 metrics continue to show some improvement in Ottawa, there remains bad news in the latest report from Ottawa Public Health.

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OPH reported six new deaths on Saturday, with six more cases in hospital and one additional patient in intensive care.

In total, the health agency reported 469 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. OPH said the lack of wide availability of PCR tests means those numbers are likely much higher.

There have been 52,745 cases of COVID-19 and 646 deaths in Ottawa since the start of the pandemic.

OPH was aware of 5,103 active cases of the virus on Saturday, down 376 from Friday’s total.

There were six more people in hospital for a total of 67 patients, while one more case was reported in intensive care for a total of nine.

The agency reported 11 new outbreaks in health care and congregate living facilities for a total of 149. The largest new outbreak occurred at the Chapel Hill retirement residence in Orleans, where seven residents and four staff members were affected. There remained an outbreak in schools and daycares as of Friday.

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In closely watched statistics, the seven-day rolling average of new cases per 100,000 people fell to 346.5, while test positivity remained at 26.4. The reproductive number R

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